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Highlands of Scotland 7-day Luxury Barge Tour (SS)
Your hotel barge is an elegant hotel barge with extensive public areas inside and out that are perfect from which to admire the breathtaking Highlands scenery in comfort as she cruises the Caledonian Canal and the lochs of the Great Glen.
Although purpose-built less than twenty years ago as a hotel barge, her style evokes that of the traditional steamers that plied the lochs of Scotland in times gone by.
Accommodating up to 12 passengers in comfort, her interior features a bright and spacious saloon and dining area with picture windows, a separate bar, and an integral forward wheelhouse giving views of the cruise route ahead. The 6 air-conditioned cabins offer a choice of twin or double beds and are complemented by well-designed en suite shower rooms.
Outside, there are separate areas where you can relax on a recliner, or perhaps in the heated spa pool, as well as a covered dining terrace. And the large upper sun deck is the ideal place to admire the dramatic backdrop as you cruise on deep-water lochs such as Loch Oich and past historic landmarks along the way.
Your voyage will be an unforgettable experience, giving you the opportunity to appreciate the very best this dramatic region of Scotland has to offer from a unique perspective.
All this, together with the traditional Scottish cuisine, fine wines and wide range of whiskies served on board by an attentive crew of 6, combine to ensure a truly memorable cruising experience.
6 Nights accommodation on board in an air-conditioned, en-suite cabin.
The services of an experienced Captain / Host, Chef, Hostess(es), Driver/Tour Guide.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner aboard. A local meal ashore, once per week on most barges.
An excellent selection of fine regional and international wines and spirits, plus an all day open bar, tea and coffee.
Daily excursions by chauffeured minibus and entry fees to castles, vineyards, markets and other local places of interest.
Use of barge facilities such as bicycles, boules, barge library and on certain vessels, a spa pool.
Return transfers to and from the local meeting/drop off point
Tour of the Glen Ord whisky distillery with a private tasting
Majestic Falconry Display on the banks of Loch Ness
Tour of Cawdor Castle and gardens, home of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play
Visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles
Wonderful river, canal and loch cruising & excellent opportunities for walking
Visit Glencoe, scene of treachery between the Campbell and MacDonald clans
Slow Tours offers a number of other Luxury Barge Tours in Europe
Guests are met at the Glenmoriston Townhouse Hotel in Inverness** and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the barge. A champagne welcome by the Captain and crew and perhaps an early evening stroll before our first dinner on board.
Banavie to Laggan
Our excursion today will take us to the mystical area of Glencoe, renowned for its geographical beauty and famed for one of the darkest days in Scottish history. Alternatively, we can enjoy some breath-taking panoramic views on a cable car ride to the summit of Aonach Mor mountain. If time permits we can visit the ruins of the 13th century, Old Inverlochy Castle, before embarking on our first cruise, through Moy Bridge, the last hand-operated bridge of its type on the Caledonian Canal. En route, we may visit the Clan Cameron Museum, before crossing Loch Lochy. As we approach our mooring at Laggan, a Highland Piper may be there to greet us with a stirring rendition of traditional Scottish music. Dinner on board.
Laggan to Kytra
This morning, we take in some of the finest scenery Scotland has to offer as we drive to one of its best known and most photographed castles, Eilean Donan, which has featured in movies such as “Highlander” and James Bond’s “The World Is Not Enough” and overlooks three sea lochs.
Our afternoon cruise today takes us across the very scenic Loch Oich, perhaps stopping en route for a spot of fishing and enjoying a walk, then onto our pretty mooring at Kytra. Dinner on board.
Kytra to Fort Augustus
This morning we cruise to Fort Augustus and down the “flight” as the locals call it, to moor opposite the Benedictine Abbey at the entrance to Loch Ness. There is time to explore this pretty village, then after lunch on board, we visit the private, Highland Club - a spectacular exclusive set of residences and a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery with a fascinating history. It is here we are treated to a falconry and birds of prey demonstration*** on the banks of Loch Ness, the majesty of the swooping birds against the backdrop of the sweeping Scottish Highlands is not easily forgotten. This evening we have dinner ashore at a local restaurant.
Fort Augustus to Dochgarroch
This morning we enjoy a picturesque cruise across world-famous Loch Ness, with perhaps a chance of spotting “Nessie”, where en route we pass Urquhart Castle, navigating closely beneath its spectacular 13th century ruins, before continuing our cruise to moor at the hamlet of Dochgarroch. After lunch we visit Cawdor Castle*, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s “Scottish Play”, Macbeth. The picturesque gardens have been listed as being amongst the top 100 in the UK. The castle contains a superb collection of tapestries, pictures and furnishings and is still in use as a home for the Dowager Countess of Cawdor who resides there for several months of the year. Then we end our tour at the Clava Cairns, a prehistoric clan chieftain burial site dating back to 2,000 B.C. Dinner on board.
Dochgarroch to Muirtown
This morning, our final cruise will take us through Tomnahurich swing bridge and through the locks to Muirtown, where there will be the opportunity to take a bicycle ride or walk to the sea lock with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. After lunch we visit Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle on British soil in 1746, next it’s on to the Muir of Ord distillery, founded in 1838 by licence holders Robert Johnstone and Donald MacLennan. We are given a fascinating description of the maturing and ageing process of their whiskies, each with its distinctive characteristics, followed by our special tasting of several single malts. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Inverness**.
This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change. On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction.
**other locations available for Private Charter bookings
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Oct 06 2019||Oct 12 2019||12||Single rooms||5,400€|
|Oct 13 2019||Oct 19 2019||12||Single rooms||4,860€|
|Oct 20 2019||Oct 26 2019||12||Single rooms||4,850€|
|Apr 12 2020||Apr 18 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|Apr 19 2020||Apr 25 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|Apr 26 2020||May 02 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|May 03 2020||May 09 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|May 10 2020||May 16 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|May 17 2020||May 23 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|May 24 2020||May 30 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|May 31 2020||Jun 06 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jun 07 2020||Jun 13 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jun 14 2020||Jun 20 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jun 21 2020||Jun 27 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jun 28 2020||Jul 04 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jul 05 2020||Jul 11 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jul 12 2020||Jul 18 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jul 19 2020||Jul 25 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Jul 26 2020||Aug 01 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Aug 02 2020||Aug 08 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Aug 09 2020||Aug 15 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Aug 16 2020||Aug 22 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Aug 23 2020||Aug 29 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Aug 30 2020||Sep 05 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Sep 06 2020||Sep 12 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Sep 13 2020||Sep 19 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Sep 20 2020||Sep 26 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Sep 27 2020||Oct 03 2020||12||Single rooms||6,600€|
|Oct 04 2020||Oct 10 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|Oct 11 2020||Oct 17 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
|Oct 18 2020||Oct 24 2020||12||Single rooms||5,700€|
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